Carolyn Anita Walser

Carolyn Anita Walser

Carolyn Walser, age 70 of Baraboo, Wisconsin and formerly of Portage, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Monday, May 26, 2014 at her residence after a long, courageous battle against cancer with her husband and daughter at her side.

Memorial funeral services will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. at the Picha Funeral Home in Portage with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 12 Noon until the time of service at 4 p.m.

Carolyn was born May 23, 1944 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Betty Bryant-Nykl-Virnig. In December of 1959 she married Ralph Walser at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marxville, Wisconsin and were together almost 55 years. Carolyn was a kind and caring person and used these qualities with her nursing career. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchild. Carolyn decided after her grandchildren were born she wanted to start a candy store which became known as Grandma’s Candy Store in Portage. Candy and sweets were one of her greatest joys in life as well as antique stores, sewing, and quilting. She loved to collect dolls and bells. She said every time a bell rang an angel got its wings.

Carolyn is survived by her loving husband, Ralph; a son, Skip (Kristie); two daughters, Catherine and Carolyn; a grandson, Nicholas; two granddaughters, Samantha and Christine; a great-granddaughter, Renee; and two great-grandsons, David and Matthew; sisters, Bonnie Nykl, Nancy Nykl, and Elizabeth (John) Moriarty; a brother, Tom (Susan) Nykl; step-brothers and step-sisters, Al (Marsha) Virnig, Marge (Marty) Olson, Dennis (Kathy) Virnig, Lora (Charlie) Kampschoer, and David (Pat) Virnig; and many more loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Bryant-Nykl-Virnig; sister, Mary Lynn (Nykl); and daughter, Christine Walser. Carolyn will be dearly missed and loved by all of her family and friends and will continue to live on in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials of remembrance to the family would be appreciated.